From marvelous white sand beaches along the Atlantic Coast to the breathtakingly beautiful scenery in the Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina boasts a diverse variety of locations for a babymoon getaway. The state is rich in lush landscapes, artistic accomplishments, historical depth, and opportunities for fun and relaxation. Near most North Carolina vacation rentals are an abundance of opportunities for sightseeing, water sports, spa visits, and fine dining. Here are the most popular babymoon vacation destinations in North Carolina.

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1. Corolla

The seaside town of Corolla is on the lovely Outer Banks in northeast North Carolina. The long beaches of soft sand on the Outer Banks provide the perfect opportunity for relaxing swimming and sunbathing. To add to the experience, a herd of over 100 wild Spanish mustangs inhabits the beaches north of town, and beachgoers often spot these lovely horses. If you want to see them up close, Corolla Outback Adventures guides you in a comfortable Land Cruiser into the wild horse preserve. Don’t miss a climb to the top of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, where you have a panoramic view of the Outer Banks and the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the nature trail through beautiful maritime forest, marshlands, and pristine beachfronts at the Audubon Sanctuary and Center at Pine Island. Check out the restored buildings, art galleries, quaint shops, and Wild Horse Museum in Historic Corolla Village. When you’re hungry, try some mouthwatering ribs, pulled pork, or chicken at Corolla Village BBQ.

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2. Carolina Beach

Located on a beautiful barrier island near the city of Wilmington in southeastern North Carolina, Carolina Beach offers a long strand of soft white sand beach to help you relax on your babymoon. The town is renowned for its old-fashioned beach boardwalk lined with charming shops, restaurants, an amusement park, and other attractions. Take a romantic ride on the Ferris wheel for a great view of the town and the beach. Cruise the boardwalk in style in a comfortable surrey bike from Wheel Fun Rentals. Just south of Carolina Beach is the Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Civil War Museum, which provides a fascinating look at historic coastal defenses. Also at Fort Fisher is the amazing North Carolina Aquarium, which has numerous displays of marine life from coastal waters and the open ocean, American alligators, and reptiles and amphibians from the surrounding regions. When you need a soothing massage, step into the Island Massage and Spa. For a spectacular view while you dine, head for Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar.

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3. Pinehurst

The lovely historic town of Pinehurst lies west of Fayetteville in south-central North Carolina. Along with the adjoining towns of Southern Pines and Aberdeen, Pinehurst provides an idyllic haven of green landscapes, relaxing activities, and Southern hospitality that is ideal for a babymoon. Admire the rose, conifer, woodland, and Japanese gardens as you enjoy a romantic stroll along the pathways at Sandhills Horticultural Gardens. Take a tour of Pinehurst Village by horse-drawn carriage. Join a walking tour of some of Pinehurst’s finest eating establishments with Culinary Tours of the Pines. The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities offers intriguing insights into the prominence of state authors in American literary history. The Village of Pinehurst, Southern Pines Historic Downtown, and Aberdeen Historic Downtown offer innumerable opportunities for shopping at art galleries, antique stores, specialty shops, and other eclectic establishments. When you need relaxation, Absolute Wellness Massage in Aberdeen provides deep tissue, Swedish, and pregnancy massages.

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4. Chapel Hill

Located in north-central North Carolina, the city of Chapel Hill, with its tree-lined winding streets and eclectic small shops, retains a small town ambiance. Visit historic Franklin Street in the downtown area to explore over 200 shops, restaurants, and other businesses. To shop for chocolate, candy, coffee, wine, and many specialty food items, head for the Southern Season. Don’t miss a trip to Morehead Planetarium and Science Center for a marvelous full-dome look at the romantic stars. The North Carolina Botanical Garden at the University of North Carolina is a wonderful place to enjoy a walk amidst luxuriant greenery and colorful flowers. Chapel Hill is known for its culinary delights, and Triangle Food Tour takes you on a walk through the downtown area for tastings of some of the area’s finest cuisine.

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5. Asheville

The city of Asheville lies in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains where the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers intersect in southwestern North Carolina. Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway to discover some of the country’s loveliest mountains. Visit the amazing Biltmore Estate, which is reminiscent of a vast European castle and its extensive gardens. Among Asheville’s unique and fascinating museums are the Asheville Pinball Museum, the Asheville Mystery Museum, the Antique Car Museum, and Wheels Through Time, which houses a collection of rare classic motorcycles. The River Arts District hosts over 100 studios of local artists specializing in paints, ceramics, fabrics, metal, and other mediums. Asheville has a vibrant music scene, so catch a live show at the Asheville Music Hall, the White Horse Black Mountain, or the Grey Eagle Music Hall and Pub. Sample some quality Southern cuisine at the Local Provisions restaurant.

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6. Cherokee

Located in the midst of the unparalleled beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains in southwestern North Carolina, Cherokee offers scenic brilliance, cultural richness, recreational activities, and profound relaxation. As the headquarters for the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, the town hosts the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and the historic Oconaluftee Indian Village. Take a pleasant walk along the lovely Oconaluftee River Trail, and view breathtaking Soco Falls. Have a picnic at Oconaluftee Islands Park in the midst of the river. Shop for baskets, beadwork, stone and wood carvings, and other handcrafted items at Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual. For fine dining, check out Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

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